Mischa Maisky

Biography

Born: January 10, 1948  
Born in 1948 in Riga, the capital of then Soviet (and now independent) Latvia, Mischa Maisky started studying the cello at the age of eight. An immensely talented student, he entered the Riga Conservatory. Discouraged by the rigid curriculum, however, he moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1965. That year, he not only won the Soviet Union's national cello competition, but also had an acclaimed debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic. In Read more 1966, Maisky won a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. One of the jurors for the Tchaikovsky Competition was the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who invited Maisky to study with him at the Moscow Conservatory. Maisky developed rapidly under Rostropovich's tutelage, launching a concert career in the Soviet Union. Maisky's career was threatened, however, when his sister decided to emigrate to Israel. As a relative of a person who wanted to leave the country, Maisky was targeted for harassment by the government. When he bought a tape recorder on the black market, he was arrested and sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp. After his release, Maisky was called to do his military service. Since an exemption given to developing artists was out of the question, he entered a mental hospital to avoid military service. Finally, the Soviet authorities allowed him to emigrate with the stipulation that he pay back the entire cost of his education. The Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, made headlines by getting a rich American to pay Maisky's alleged debt to the U.S.S.R. In 1972, Maisky left for Jerusalem. Zubin Mehta, conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, subsequently engaged Maisky to participate in the orchestra's upcoming American tour. The following year, Maisky won the Gaspar Cassadň International Cello Competition in Florence, also making his Carnegie Hall debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Steinberg. After the concert, an anonymous fan gave Maisky an instrument made by the eighteenth century Venetian master Domenico Montagnana. Maisky has played that cello ever since. Despite his extraordinary success as a performing artist, Maisky still felt the need to study with a more experienced musician. Consequently, in 1974, he approached the celebrated Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived in Los Angeles, and became Piatigorsky's last student. Maisky is thus the only cellist to have studied with both Rostropovich and Piatigorsky. Maisky made his London debut in 1976 in a series of orchestral concerts, beginning with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His London recital debut was in 1977. His partner then was pianist Radu Lupu, who had accompanied him in a Moscow recital nearly a decade earlier. A powerful and polished soloist, Maisky is also known as an artist who gladly shares the podium with colleagues. For example, commenting on his London recital with Lupu, The London Daily Telegraph praised the performers' "finely tempered and mutually responsive" phrasing. In 1995, after an absence of 23 years, Maisky played in Moscow. In great demand as a chamber player, Maisky has performed with a number of extraordinary musicians, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gidon Kremer, Peter Serkin, and Martha Argerich. Maisky and Argerich recorded Bach's Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (played on their modern equivalents, cello and piano), winning the Record Academy Prize of Tokyo and the French Grand Prix du Disque. Maisky also won these prizes for his performance of the Bach Six suites for solo cello. Acclaimed for his renditions of concertos by Haydn and Schumann, Maisky is the only cellist to have received a Deutsche Grammophon offer to record Bach's complete works for the cello. Read less

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Born: January 10, 1948  
Born in 1948 in Riga, the capital of then Soviet (and now independent) Latvia, Mischa Maisky started studying the cello at the age of eight. An immensely talented student, he entered the Riga Conservatory. Discouraged by the rigid curriculum, however, he moved to Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1965. That year, he not only won the Soviet Union's national cello competition, but also had an acclaimed debut with the Leningrad Philharmonic. In Read more
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
3. Allegro molto
Trio élégiaque No.1 In G Minor For Piano, Violin And Cello
1. Adagio - Moderato
2. Lento - Allegro molto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 1. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. I: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. II: Piů mosso
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. III: Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. IV: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. V: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VI: Tempo di valse
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VII: Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. X: Tempo di mazurka
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - Var. XI: Moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50 - 2. (B) Variazione finale e Coda (Allegretto risoluto e con fuoco -
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 1. Moderato - Cadenza: Natalia Gutman
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 2. Adagio - Cadenza: anon. 18th century
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C, H.VIIb, No.1 - 3. Finale (Allegro molto)
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D,H.VIIb No.2 - 1. Allegro moderato - Cadenza: Natalia Gutman
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D,H.VIIb No.2 - 2. Adagio - Cadenza: Natalia Gutman
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D,H.VIIb No.2 - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G, H.VIIa No.4 - Played on Violoncello - 1. Allegro moderato - Cadenza: Thomas Zehetmair
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G, H.VIIa No.4 - Played on Violoncello - 2. Adagio - Cadenza: Thomas Zehetmair
Haydn: Violin Concerto in G, H.VIIa No.4 - Played on Violoncello - 3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo)
3. Andante con moto
4. Rondo alla Zingarese
1. Romanze (Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck)
2. Humoreske (Lebhaft)
3. Duett (Langsam und mit Ausdruck)
4. Finale (Im Marsch-Tempo)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 1. Prologue (lent)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 3. Finale (Animé)
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.1 In G, BWV 1027 - 1. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.1 In G, BWV 1027 - 2. Allegro ma non tanto
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.1 In G, BWV 1027 - 3. Andante
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.1 In G, BWV 1027 - 4. Allegro moderato
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.2 In D, BWV 1028 - 1. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.2 In D, BWV 1028 - 2. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.2 In D, BWV 1028 - 3. Andante
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.2 In D, BWV 1028 - 4. Allegro
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.3 In G Minor, BWV 1029 - 1. Vivace
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.3 In G Minor, BWV 1029 - 2. Adagio
J.S. Bach: Sonata For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord No.3 In G Minor, BWV 1029 - 3. Allegro
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Theme. Allegretto
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation I
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation II
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation III
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation IV
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation V
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation VI
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation VII
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation VIII
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation IX
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation X. Adagio
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation XI. Poco Adagio, quasi Andante
Beethoven: 12 Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66 - Variation XII. Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Adagio sostenuto - Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 1. Adagio - Presto
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.1 in F, Op.5 No.1 - 2. Rondo (Allegro vivace)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 1a. Adagio sostenuto ed espressivo
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 1b. Allegro molto piů tosto presto
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2 - 2. Rondo (Allegro)
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Theme. Andante
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation I
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation II
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation III
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation IV
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation V. Si prenda il tempo un poco piů vivace
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation VI. Adagio
Beethoven: 7 Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46 - Variation VII. Allegro, ma non troppo
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 - 1. Allegro moderato
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 - 2. Scherzo (Allegro con brio)
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 - 3. Largo
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 - 4. Finale (Allegro)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - played on the violoncello - 1. Allegretto ben moderato
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - played on the violoncello - 2. Allegro - Quasi lento - Tempo 1 (Allegro)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - played on the violoncello - 3. Recitativo - Fantasie (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - played on the violoncello - 4. Allegretto poco mosso
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 1. Prologue (lent)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 2. Sérénade (Modérément animé)
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - 3. Finale (Animé)
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise, Op.3 - Introduction - Lento
Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise, Op.3 - Alla Polacca - Allegro con spirito
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Introduction et Marche royale du Lion
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Poules et Coqs
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Hémiones (Animaux véloces)
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Tortues
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - L'Eléphant
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Kangourous
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Aquarium
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Personnages ŕ longues oreilles
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le coucou au fond des bois
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Voličres
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Pianistes
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Fossiles
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Le Cygne
Saint-Saëns: Le Carnaval des Animaux - Finale
Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 2. Adagio
Schubert: Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D.821 - 3. Allegretto
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 2. Lebhaft, leicht
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.73 - 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 - 1. Vanitas vanitatum (Mit Humor)
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 - 2. Langsam
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 - 3. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 - 4. Nicht zu rasch
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston, Op.102 - 5. Stark und markiert
Cello Sonata: I. Prologue (Lent - Sostenuto e molto risoluto)
Cello Sonata: II. Sérénade et Final (Modérément animé - Animé)
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56: I. Allegro
Beethoven: Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56: II. Largo
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op.56: III. Rondo all polacca
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 1. Andante - Moderato - Poco piů mosso
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 2. Allegro con brio
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 3. Largo
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.2, Op.67 - 4. Allegretto - Adagio
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - 1. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - 2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. I: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. II: Piů mosso
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. III: Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. IV: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. V: L'istesso tempo
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. VI: Tempo di valse
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. VII: Allegro moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. X: Tempo di mazurka
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - Var. XI: Moderato
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - 2. (B) Variazione finale e Coda (Allegretto risoluto e con fuoco -
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio In A Minor, Op.50 - 2. - [Coda] Lugubre
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 2. Intermezzo (Allegro ma non troppo)
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 3. Andante con moto
Brahms: Piano Quartet No.1 In G Minor, Op.25 - 4. Rondo alla Zingarese
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.88 - 1. Romanze (Nicht schnell, mit innigem Ausdruck)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.88 - 2. Humoreske (Lebhaft)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.88 - 3. Duett (Langsam und mit Ausdruck)
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op.88 - 4. Finale (Im Marsch-Tempo)
1. Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai - Allegro giusto)
2. (A) Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
Var. I: L'istesso tempo
Var. II: Piů mosso
Var. III: Allegro moderato
Var. IV: L'istesso tempo
Var. V: L'istesso tempo
Var. VI: Tempo di valse
Var. VII: Allegro moderato
Var. VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato)
Var. IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Var. X: Tempo di mazurka
Var. XI: Moderato
2. (B) Variazione finale e Coda (Allegretto risoluto e con fuoco -
1. Allegro con brio
2. Andante ma non troppo
3. Finale: Allegro vivo
1. Allegro risoluto
2. Larghetto
3. Scherzo. Molto vivace
4. Finale. Allegro
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto quasi minuetto
3. Allegro - Piů presto
1. Allegro vivace
2. Adagio affettuoso
3. Allegro appassionata
4. Allegro molto
1. Vivace ma non troppo
2. Adagio
3. Allegro molto moderato
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegretto con moto
Tempo primo (H)
1. Allegro
2. Andante tranquillo sostenuto
3. Allegro moderato
Brahms: Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 1. Allegro
Brahms: Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 2. Andante
Brahms: Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No .1 "Ghost": III. Presto
Quintet for Piano & Strings in G Minor, Op.57: Prelude: Lento
Quintet for Piano & Strings in G Minor, Op.57: Fugue: Adagio
Quintet for Piano & Strings in G Minor, Op.57: Scherzo: Allegretto
Quintet for Piano & Strings in G Minor, Op.57: Intermezzo: Lento -
Quintet for Piano & Strings in G Minor, Op.57: Finale: Allegretto
1. Lento - Allegro moderato
2. Allegro scherzando
3. Andante
4. Allegro mosso
Aria
Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
Var. 3 Canone all'Unisono a 1 Clav.
Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 6 Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
Var. 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
Var. 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Var. 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
Var. 12 Canone alla Quarta
Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
Var. 15 Canone alla Quinta in moto contrario
Var. 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
Var. 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
Var. 20 a 2 Clav.
Var. 21 Canone alla Settima
Var. 22 Alla breve a 1 Clav.
Var. 23 a 2 Clav.
Var. 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
Var. 25 a 2 Clav.
Var. 26 a 2 Clav.
Var. 27 Canone alla Nona
Var. 28 a 2 Clav.
Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Var. 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
Aria - Da Capo
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.19: I. Lento - Allegro moderato
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.19: II. Allegro Scherzando
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.19: III. Andante
Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op.19: IV. Allegro mosso
1. Nicht zu schnell
2. Langsam
3. Sehr lebhaft
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (From "Pulcinella") - For Violoncello And Piano - 1. Introduzione
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (From "Pulcinella") - For Violoncello And Piano - 2. Serenata
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (From "Pulcinella") - For Violoncello And Piano - 3. Aria
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (From "Pulcinella") - For Violoncello And Piano - 4. Tarantella
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (From "Pulcinella") - For Violoncello And Piano - 5. Minuetto e Finale
Prokofiev: Sonata For Cello & Piano, Op.119 - 1. Andante grave
Prokofiev: Sonata For Cello & Piano, Op.119 - 2. Moderato
Prokofiev: Sonata For Cello & Piano, Op.119 - 3. Allegro ma non troppo


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